My artwork honours/celebrates history through narratives of ‘herstory’; family, women’s work, handwork/fancywork, domesticity and the home. Re-viewing Australian history, making note of historical quirks, then using them to flesh out my core themes is a wondrous and open-ended task. I aim to develop the breadth and strength of my work through the re-imagining of stories related to these themes.
I entered the world of quilts through their functional beauty, their history and the sense of storytelling. Old scrap quilts and historical pictorial quilts piqued my interest – they drew me in with their primitive beauty….suddenly my making world had a strong focus.
2018 Sing No More My Heroes #1–19. Beyond the Seam, CASM, WA.
2017 Inaugural annual exhibition at The December Gallery, North Fremantle, WA with guest artist Annie Shelley.
Recent Juried Exhibitions
2018 Sing No More My Heroes. Beyond the Seam, CASM, WA.
2017 Knit1Purl1 #1 – my summer yarn. Stitched & Bound, ZigZag Gallery, WA.
Knit1Purl1 #2 – my current yarn. Art Quilt Australia, QVMAG, Launceston, TAS.
Honourable Mention in the Wool Quilt Awards.Then at Yarra Ranges Museum, VIC.
2016 Feathering the Nest #4 – beautiful values. twentyONE+, Spectrum Project Space, WA.
Feathering the Nest #2 – death of the doily. twentyONE+, Spectrum Project Space, WA.
Feathering the Nest #8 – nodder’s swan. Australia Wide 5. National/international tour.
© JAN MULLEN 2018